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Name
Garden of Stones (Tombstones)
Genre
Horror / Halloween
Hours of work
to many to recall
History
We all want to be praised by a block of stone that calls itself meaningful. Painted in moss, entangled by vines, each crack is like a scar of forgotten time. This shallow marker of death rises up from the forsaken ground. As I walk among you in this Garden of Stones to take my place among thee.
I don't care much for frivolous embellishments, witty epitaphs, or statues of grandeur. What I simply wanted were modest stones that would become the background to a story; stones that would fade into the night and not overshadow the real meaning of the display. This was my first attempt at creating these markers of death.
I used the same typical materials that most before me had used. Pieces of foam, a splash of paint, a pinch of spackle, and a whole lot of patience. I mainly concentrated on the massing, texture, finish and mechanism for display.

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Modifications

References/Inspiration
The graveyard scene at the opening credits for the movie Graveyard Shift. Some of the best tombstones I have ever seen.
Features
Light weight but heavy enough not to be blown over by the wind. Recessed mounts allow them to be displayed on hard surfaces or staked in the ground. Extremely durable, not affected by sun or rain. Some have metal plates embedded that allow magnet epitaphs to be applied.

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Great job on this, the tombstones really do look as though they have been in place for a very long time.
 

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That's really great! I absolutely love the look of the skull faces rising up.. they look so natural and haunting. I am assuming there is a stake of some sort attached under what looks like stiffened cheesecloth? How are they weather proofed?

This is something I want to do but I am not sure how to weatherize my skull faces. We have very random weather here in Tennessee... cold, warm, hot, wet, dry, humid, foggy... we see it all the end of October. My outdoor props have to be able to stand up to Mother Nature.
 

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That's really great! I absolutely love the look of the skull faces rising up.. they look so natural and haunting. I am assuming there is a stake of some sort attached under what looks like stiffened cheesecloth? How are they weather proofed?

This is something I want to do but I am not sure how to weatherize my skull faces. We have very random weather here in Tennessee... cold, warm, hot, wet, dry, humid, foggy... we see it all the end of October. My outdoor props have to be able to stand up to Mother Nature.
I know what you mean regarding the weather, I typically get heavy thunderstorms around Halloween which is why I don't use animatronic props. I made the "soul" props a few years back and will be posting them in a future showcase so check back. They are constructed from molded plastic skulls, mache and cheesecloth on a flexible wire stand. They appear ghost-like during the day and glow blue at night (UV reactive paint).
 
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